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Feeding tubes, hallucinations and numb toes: One Texan’s battle to survive COVID-19

When pharmacist Frank Arredondo was wheeled on a stretcher into a South Texas ward for coronavirus patients in early April, his wife wondered if they would ever see each other again.

Frank Arredondo had one of the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Rio Grande Valley and spent 10 days on a ventilator.

Day 12: The emergency room

The exterior of the ambulance drop-off at DHR Health in Edinburg. July 1, 2020.

Day 22: Hallucinations

Day 25: Do you know where you are?

Tyra Greene in Edinburg on July 2, 2020.

Valley hospitals fill with COVID patients

Two months later: back home

Frank Arredondo and Tyra Greene in Edinburg. Arredondo was one of the first patients t be treated for COVID-19 at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System in Edinburg. July 2, 2020.

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